California Prune and Pumpkin Devil’s Soup

Recipe by by Peter Sidwell

This delicious soup may be a little spooky to look at, but it tastes so good that you’ll only be screaming when you’ve finished it all! It’s a perfect dish to warm you up, as the weather turns chilly, and the nights draw in.

Servings: Makes 2 servings
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1kg Pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  • 4 Sage leaves
  • 800mL vegetable stock/water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 California Prunes
  • 50mL Red wine vinegar
  • 60mL Chilli oil


  1. Pour the olive oil into a large pan on a medium heat
  2. Add the onions, pumpkin, sage and cumin
  3. Pour in the vegetable stock or water and bring up to the boil
  4. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, place the California Prunes into a bowl with the vinegar and leave to swell
  6. Once the pumpkin and onions are soft blend with a stick blender until smooth
  7. Pour the soup into bowls and create a scary face with 2 California Prunes for eyes and a spooky smile with chilli oil.

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